Dawson Caribou

COSEWIC Extinct
BC Status Extinct
Scientific Name
Rangifer tarandus dawsoni
Taxonomic Group
Mammals
Jurisdiction
Provincial
Habitats
Woodland
Wetlands

Species Summary

This distinct subspecies of woodland caribou was found only in Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), where it inhabited remote treeless bogs in the forests of northwestern Graham Island. It was much smaller than other subspecies, standing about one metre at the shoulder. The last three sighted were shot in 1908. They were probably never numerous and would have been highly vulnerable to over hunting. Dramatic changes in vegetation on Graham Island that occurred after the government introduction of black-tailed deer from the mainland in 1900, may also have contributed to their demise.

Status

COSEWIC Extinct
BC Status Extinct
BC Wildlife Act None
BC Forest and Range Practices Act None
SARA None

Additional Information

Conservation Data Centre of BC
Field Guide N/A

Regional Districts

Not a range map

The entire area of all regional districts in which the species occurs somewhere is shaded. The actual species range may be much smaller.

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  1. Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District (Haida Gwaii)

Forest Districts

  1. Haida Gwaii Forest District (DQC)

Management Categories

Please note that some recommendations or photographs appearing in this section may not apply to this particular species.
  1. High Sensitivity to Disturbance
Please cite these pages as: Pearson, Mike and Healey, M.C.2012. Species at Risk and Local Government: a Primer for BC. Stewardship Centre of British Columbia, Courtenay BC.